If you have ever tried Thai food, you are more than familiar with the refreshing, fresh aroma and tempting taste of lemongrass. It can transform a dish from simply being ‘meh’ to amazing!
In fact, you will almost never guess that this unpretentious perennial herbaceous plant, native to India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Burma and Thailand, which thrives under tropical conditions and matures at a height of about 3 feet, is an inexhaustible source of healing properties .
Extracted from the leaves of freshly cut lemongrass via the process of steam distillation, therapeutic-grade lemongrass oil is known scientifically as Cymbopogon flexuosus or Cymbopogon citratus and its main constituents which include limonene, myrcene, citronellal, nerol, geraniol, neral and citral are known for their antiseptic, antifungal, anti-inflammatory and insecticidal properties.
In this post we’ll explore amazing lemongrass essential oil benefits and offer tips on how this incredibly versatile oil can be used in your daily life!
LEMONGRASS OIL FOR PAIN
Lemongrass oil is a natural analgesic (analgesic) and anti-inflammatory, which means it can help relieve pain and also reduce inflammation. It is especially useful to relax muscles, relieve headaches, relieve stomach pain and cramps in the period, and to relieve joint pain.
1. LEMONGRASS OIL FOR HEADACHES
Do you have a throbbing headache? Headaches can be caused by many reasons: stress, hormonal changes, weather, allergies and more.
A 2011 study documented that when it comes to pain, lemongrass essential oil can alleviate “problems and ailments such as headaches, muscle cramps, spasms and rheumatism.”
How to use lemongrass oil for headaches:
Massage: As soon as you feel your head hurt, combine 1-2 drops of lemongrass oil with a carrier oil such as jojoba oil and slowly massage your temples. This will help relieve the pain and pressure you feel.
2. LEMONGRASS OIL FOR MUSCLE PAIN
Lemongrass oil improves blood circulation which makes it excellent for relieving muscle cramps, sprains, and painful muscle spasms.
How to use lemongrass oil for muscle pain:
1. Muscle pain-reliever: For muscle cramps, spasms and general body aches and pains, combine 3-4 drops of lemongrass oil with a carrier oil such as coconut oil or castor oil (excellent for boosting circulation) and massage into the affected areas.
2. Foot bath: For soothing sore feet after a long day at work or an adventurous hike, add 5-8 drops of lemongrass oil to a large bowl or container of warm water that you can comfortably place your feet in. Optionally, add 2 tbsp. of Epsom Salts if your feet are really aching. Lemongrass oil helps to soothe and relax those aching feet and doubles up as a natural antibacterial and antifungal wash for your feet too!
3. LEMONGRASS OIL FOR MENSTRUAL CRAMPS
Drinking a cup of lemongrass tea is known to help women with period pain. According to the book Herbs that Heal: Natural Remedies for Good Health by H. K. Bakhru an infusion of lemongrass mixed with black pepper can be given “in painful and difficult menstruation.”
Lemongrass oil combined with oregano essential oil, which is a natural emenagogue (helps to stimulate menstrual flow) can be quite beneficial for alleviating menstrual cramps.
Note: Being an emenagogue, oregano oil can induce uterine contractions, so should be avoided if you are pregnant.
How to use lemongrass oil for menstrual cramps:
Apply topically: For painful period cramps, blend 3 drops of oregano oil and 3 drops of lemongrass oil with a little castor oil(excellent for supporting uterine issues and alleviating menstrual pain) and massage onto the lower abdomen.
4. LEMONGRASS OIL FOR JOINT PAIN
Being a natural anti-inflammatory lemongrass oil offers soothing pain relief and reduces inflammation which makes it a wonderful oil to use for relieving pain in inflamed joints.
In Ayurveda, arthritis treatment involves aiming the warm steam from lemongrass infused boiling water at the affected joints. The warmth from the steam helps the oil penetrate deep into the joints and tissues, providing enduring pain relief.
As a diuretic lemongrass oil also helps draw out extra fluid from the tissues, helping to control inflammation caused by ailments such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.
How to use lemongrass oil for joint pain:
Topical Pain Reliever: Combine 2 drops of lemongrass oil with 1 tsp. of a carrier oil such as moringa oil (an excellent anti-inflammatory proven to work for arthritis and joint pain) and rub into painful, aching joints at least twice a day.
5. LEMONGRASS OIL FOR BLOATING
Lemongrass oil is a natural carminative, meaning it helps to eliminate excess gas and also prevent gas from forming in the intestines.
It also relaxes abdominal muscles, helping to move gas downwards and providing a passage to help eliminate gas more easily from the body.
How to use lemongrass oil for bloating
Apply Topically: Mix a few drops of lemongrass oil with a carrier oil such as coconut oil or almond oil and rub it on your abdomen for relief from flatulence.
6. LEMONGRASS OIL FOR INDIGESTION
Lemongrass has been ingested internally to relieve stomach ailments, indigestion and heartburn for centuries. The same benefits can be gained by using lemongrass essential oil topically.
By diluting lemongrass essential oil with your favorite carrier oil and massaging onto the abdominal area you can find effective relief from indigestion.
How to use lemongrass oil for indigestion:
1.Heartburn relief: Mix 2-3 drops of lemongrass oil with a few drops of a carrier oil such as almond oil. Rub the blend over the chest and throat area for soothing, cooling relief.
2. Indigestion: Indigestion is a mix of belching, bloating, heartburn and perhaps even some nausea. If you’ve had it, you know the feeling. Mix 2-3 drops of lemongrass oil with any carrier oil you have on hand such as almond oil or coconut oil and rub it on your stomach area for relief.
7. LEMONGRASS OIL FOR GASTROINTESTINAL DISORDERS
Apart from treating issues like bloating and indigestion, lemongrass has also traditionally been used for treating more advanced stomach issues such as gastritis and gastric ulcers.
Research has recently caught up with this long known natural treatment for gastrointestinal disorders and has revealed that lemongrass may help to stimulate bowel movements and improve the digestion process, which is helpful to relieve bowel issues and digestive problems.
Its ability to prevent the formation of gas and as a natural diuretic, help to eliminate toxins from the body through increased urination, make it excellent for detoxing and cleaning out the system.
Adding 1-2 drops of lemongrass oil to soup or tea may alleviate stomach pain, detox your system and provide effective relief from stomach ailments.
8. LEMONGRASS OIL FOR OILY SKIN
Among the many reasons why lemongrass oil is great for skin, is its ability to control oil secretions. As a natural astringent, lemongrass oil minimizes the appearance of pores and dries up oily skin. Unlike harsh alcohol-based products, the oil naturally helps to control excess oil production, making your skin feel smooth but not oily.
Oil-control toner: A toner is usually applied after cleansing to restore the skin’s pH levels and close up the pores. Make your own natural toner by combining 1 cup of distilled water , 2 tsp. of witch hazel and 6 drops of lemongrass oil in a 8 oz spray bottle. Shake and mist lightly all over your face. Let dry and follow-up with your daily moisturizing routine.
9. LEMONGRASS OIL FOR SKIN LIGHTENING
Lemongrass essential oil contains limonene, which naturally lightens the skin. It also has non-comedogenic properties meaning it won’t clog pores. As a natural detoxifier, it helps to clear bacteria and impurities, lifting dull skin and helping to give the face a bright, clean appearance.
How to use lemongrass oil for skin lightening:
1. Natural skin brightener: Mix 5 drops of lemongrass oil with 5 drops of either lavender essential oil or cedarwood essential oil, which also have skin lightening properties, to a 1/4 cup of sesame oil (a natural skin lightening carrier oil). Mix well, and store in a glass bottle, away from direct sunlight. Apply a light coat to your face, preferably at night for best results.
2. Facial steam: Taking a facial steam is excellent for opening up the pores and removing debris and impurities. Add 4-5 drops of lemongrass oil to a large pot of hot water. The oil-infused steam will carry all the medicinal properties of lemongrass oil deep into your pores, clearing clogged pores, and helping to lighten the skin.